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Webcomics are comics published on the World Wide Web and made available through a web browser. Typically self-published, webcomics allow cartoonists to release their work to a global audience while spending little to no resources. Webcomics range from traditional comic strips and graphic novels to avant garde comics, and cover many genres, styles, and subjects. Webcomics frequently enjoy an artistic freedom similar to that of underground and alternative comics. Some formats unique to webcomics include the American infinite canvas, French Turbomedia, and South-Korean webtoons. Works may also take on the role of a comic blog. Webcomics date back to the dawn of visual internet browsers in the early 1990s, and various creators have become financially successful in the 21st century.



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Moving Pictures is a late 2000s webcomic written by Kathryn Immonen and illustrated by Stuart Immonen. Set in occupied France in World War II, the webcomic presents the complex relationship of Nazi officer Rolf Hauptman and Canadian museum curator Ila Gardner. The historical setting of Moving Pictures serves purely to frame the "fucked up" relationship between its two protagonists. The webcomic was published by Top Shelf Productions in 2010 in the form of a graphic novel, which was praised by critics for its sharp black and white artstyle and dark storytelling.

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  • June 13, 2017 – The Library of Congress launched an archive for webcomics.[1]
  • May 18, 2017 – Controversy surfaces as Tapas adds a "Right of First Refusal" clause to its terms of service.[2]
  • April 1, 2016 – Dozens of webcomic creators posted variations of the same four-panel gag strip as part of April Fools celebration.[3]
  • September 30, 2014 – Webcomic company Shiftylook shut down.[4]


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A major breakthrough for the Web: Doctor Fun, an online cartoon in the tradition of The Far Side.
— National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Mosaic Communications
September 24, 1993

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